Semi-derelict brownfield site becomes high-density, sustainable, city centre neighbourhood
Maccreanor Lavington for Barratt London
Contract value: £105m
Cost per m2: £2,500
This semi-derelict brownfield site has become a high-density and sustainable city centre neighbourhood fronting St George’s Circus, a hub connecting to river crossings at Lambeth, Westminster, Waterloo, Blackfriars and Southwark. St George’s conservation area adjoins the site. Taller buildings allow a high quality public realm, while the new buildings read together as a block that repairs the street frontage and historic form of the Circus. A landmark 28-storey masonry tower emerges from the block and presents a slender facade to the focal point of the Circus. Two new public spaces are set within the block; it houses 22 new businesses and 336 new homes of different tenures, which include 56 social rent homes for Southwark.